Phrasal Verbs Using 'Pull'
Overtake, move in front
Example:The lorry was going slowly but we managed to PULL AHEAD.
Destroy an argument, theory, etc
Example:My tutor PULLED my essay APART.
Stop people or animals fighting
Example:A fight broke out in the pub and it was hard to PULL the people involved APART.
Make someone unhappy or upset
Example:It PULLED me APART to see them arguing so much.
When a vehicle moves from a place
Example:The car PULLED AWAY from the lights at high speed.
Score a goal or point when losing
Example:They were two-nil down until five minutes before the end, when they PULLED BACK a goal.
Move away from a place, especially when talking about soldiers
Example:They have PULLED the troops BACK from the front line.
Move away from someone
Example:She PULLED BACK when he tried to kiss her.
Decide not to do something or not to be involved with it any longer
Example:They PULLED BACK from the deal.
Example:They PULLED the old cinema DOWN to build a new shopping mall.
Make someone depressed
Example:Losing her job PULLED her DOWN.
Example:He's PULLING DOWN a fortune.
Example:Who will you be PULLING FOR in the final?
When a train arrives at a station
Example:The train PULLED IN and we rushed to meet her as she got off.
Example:Their last tour PULLED IN millions of fans.
Stop a car by the side of the road
Example:I PULLED IN to let the passengers out.
Areest or take someone to a police station for questioning
Example:The police PULLED them IN after the trouble.
Manage to do something difficult or tricky
Example:No-one thought that she would be able to do it, but she PULLED it OFF in the end.
Start moving (vehicles)
Example:When the lights turned green, the car PULLED OFF.
Put clothes on
Example:I PULLED ON a jumper when the sun went in.
Start moving (train)
Example:The train was PULLING OUT when I got there.
Move into traffic
Example:The traffic was so bad that it took me ages to PULL OUT.
Example:The project was going badly and they decided to PULL OUT
Remove soldiers from an area
Example:People want the government to PULL the troops OUT.
Stop by the side of the road
Example:The police PULLED the car OVER
Make a vehicle stop
Example:The police PULLED the car OVER and tested the driver for alcohol.
Recover from and illness or problem
Example:At one stage it looked as if she was going to die, but she PULLED THROUGH in the end.
Close a door or window that has been left open
Example:Could you PULL the door TO, please?
Work together as a team
Example:If we all PULL TOGETHER, we'll have it finished in no time.
Slow and stop a car
Example:The cab PULLED UP outside my house and I got out.
Inform someone that they are wrong
Example:He PULLED me UP because I had got my facts wrong.
Become calm or regain control of your emotions
Example:He was so angry that he couldn't PULL HIMSELF TOGETHER.